Buoyed by growing earnings, these high-quality stocks perform well in different economic scenarios, say experts. The benchmark S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats Index, for example, has pumped out 9.91 percent annual returns for the past 10 years versus only 6.93 percent for the S&P 500.
Experts believe that these cash-rich companies will do even better this year. Swooning markets have indeed hit the Dividend Aristocrats Index too. But that index has had a 4.2 percent loss so far this year versus a steeper one of 4.9 percent for the S&P 500.